`I want to shoot a bunch of people … ’
ORANGE CITY – A Hospers man who posted, “I want to shoot a bunch of people, my family and myself,” on his Facebook page Monday, Dec. 17, was found walking near his home shortly after someone called authorities.
The troubling post was reported at 1:07 p.m. and Sioux County deputies took the man, Ricky Lee Carver, 22, into custody at 1:44 p.m. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, for evaluation. He had not threatened anyone directly, his post did not mention any school and he had not had any contact with any school, authorities said.
Carver was charged Tuesday, Dec. 18, with first-degree harassment and was served a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Nate Huizenga, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said Carver would be taken into custody when he is released from the hospital and booked into the Sioux County Jail. That could happen “in the next couple of days,” according to a Dec. 18 news release from the sheriff’s office.
Huizenga said there was concern that Carver might decide to act on his post or to copy the shooter in Newtown, Conn.
Carver remained at Mercy Medical Center as of the Index’s noon deadline on Thursday.
Deputies were immediately dispatched to look for Carver when the call regarding the Facebook post came in.
Other law enforcement officers were sent to the two elementary schools in Hospers: Spalding Catholic, which holds third- and fourth-grade classes; and Hospers Elementary, a kindergarten through fifth-grade building in the MOC-Floyd Valley School District.
Both schools had been alerted and law enforcement officers assisted with their lock-downs, Huizenga said.
The MOC-Floyd Valley schools in Orange City and Alton also went into lock-down briefly Monday as a precaution, a secretary at the administration building said.